Captain Cook 'desperate' to stay on
Alastair Cook has sought to provide clarity over his future after revealing he is "desperate" to remain as England captain.
Cook had suggested he was ready to consider walking away from the captaincy in the immediate aftermath of last Sunday's one-day international series-conceding defeat to Australia in Sydney.
But speaking for the fist time since then, Cook said: "That was quite an emotional time, obviously we'd just lost another game.
"It's wrong for me to continue thinking like...I'm lucky enough to do this job.
"I'm desperate to carry on now."
Cook was backed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to remain as captain during the fifth Ashes Test and this week has been backed by his team-mates to stay on.
Ravi Bopara described him as "the best man for the job" despite a troubled tour of Australia that has seemingly left Cook with some self doubts.
The left-hander is due to meet with team director Andy Flower after returning home to conduct a review into the tour, when the future direction of the England team is set to be discussed.
Cook could therefore still be relieved of his captaincy, in the ODI format at least, although it appears now that decision will not be made by him.
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